Friday, December 17, 2004

Daisy Theology


Do you know what Daisy Theology is?

Clues:

1. It quenches the peace of God.
2. It causes believers to experience condemnation, in direct violation of Romans 8:1.
3. It steals the joy of salvation.
4. It's contagious, spreading it's lie like a virus, everytime someone "sneezes" it.
5. It is rampant in the minds of many believers, and therefore in the church.
6. It is seldom directly taught from the pulpit, but it's virus is smeared all over congregations by implication.
7. It seems to "make sense", but is utterly unbiblical, destructive, and anti-Christ (I know, "Picky, picky, picky").

Give up?

Daisy Theology says, "He loves me ... He loves me not ... He loves me ... He loves me not." Some seem to spend their whole Christian lives that way. They may not say that God doesn't love them, but they feel it. And they feel it because they think it. And they think it because it's taught to them every time performance-based Christianity is held up as an idol. And it's a shame. And it's not just a shame. It's a blasphemous denial of the Cross of Christ, where He said, "it is finished". It's Galatianism at its most subtle. It's the attitude that God loves me when I'm "good", and frowns with disappointment and anger when I'm not "good".

It's screamed from the pulpit every time condemnation is heaped on the sheep, because they aren't performing to perfection. It's screamed by pop Christian books that consist of nothing but 10 or 40 or 100 "rules to live by". Books like How to Be A Good ______ [husband, wife, friend, Christian, worshiper, charity worker, pray-er, etc. ad nauseum]. Written by men and women who know that they fall short, but think it is incumbent on them to tell everyone else how to be a "Good ______." Not precious principles from a loving God who loves us because He chose to before the foundation of the world, but rules to measure by. Rules to condemn by.

Daisy Theology is one of the most subtle and destructive corruptions of the Word of God that has ever been cooked up by the Doctrines of Demons, Inc. lie factory.

Don't buy their product! Call the Better Bible Bureau and report them! If you are Christ's, there is nothing that can separate you from His love. Don't forget that. There is nothing you can do that will make Him love you more or love you less. He loves you, period. The curtain has been torn apart. The wall has been torn down. It is finished. He loves you, period.

Don't even look at a daisy, until you are completely recovered.

13 comments:

dcaylor05 said...

I struggled with daisy theology for a long time and still do a little. This was a good post to read today for me. Thanks. dcaylor05 , your fellow twitterer.

pastor_brad said...

So are you saying it is a bad thing to become a better husband/wife, parent, or disciple?

Terry Rayburn said...

cdaylor05,

Thanks. I might add that it's so important to come back to this truth over and over.

It's part of the "rest of the gospel" for those who are already saved, and we need to preach that gospel to ourselves, because we have the world, the flesh and the devil trying to counter God's wonderful truth.

Terry Rayburn said...

Brad,

Of course not.

It's just that to preach (or even imply) to the sheep that God loves them based on their performance is evil.

To do so puts condemnation on the sheep, which quenches the Spirit in their lives and makes the situation even worse, not to mention dishonoring God by denying His unconditional love for His children.

I'm very curious which of my phrase(s) could possibly make you think that I would believe that being a better husband/wife, parent or disciple would be a bad thing.

But a legalistic husband/wife, parent or disciple who teaches their family that God's love for them is dependent on their performance is preaching them "another gospel", which is not a gospel at all (Galatians 1:6-9).

dan said...

well said. i still struggle with this, even though it's settled in my mind and heart that God loves me unconditionally. i guess it's my flesh waging war with my new nature, telling me that God only favors me when i do good. thank God we have Scripture to remind and assure us that the Lord's love is infinite, unconditional, and eternal.

Terry Rayburn said...

dan,

Thanks for stopping by. You're sure right that we are blessed to have the Word to keep us in this truth.

Jennifer said...

I like the metaphore. I had a friend who went to "Daisy Theology 101)every Sunday. I've spent years praying that God would deliver her from that kind of mindset and my Pastor gave her a book called "Grace Walk". I can't think of the name of the author but it changed her entire outlook.
She said, Jennifer has been telling me this stuff for years and I admit I cried when she told me. I knew that she would never be content in that kind of church again and now she can rest in the Grace of God. Praise him for his deliverance! Jennifer

Jennifer said...

BTW, I'm also a twitter friend. You know me by Foof70. :)

Terry Rayburn said...

Jennifer,

Thanks for the testimony.

Steve McVey wrote Grace Walk. It has opened the eyes of a lot of people.

dontfaint said...

Wow! What a powerful post. Not only can I personally relate to this, I also run acrossed many people while counseling who live by the "Daisy Theology."
I appreciate you sharing this. We so need to rightly divide the Word of truth for ourselves and when ministering to others.
(Twitter heartcures)

Terry Rayburn said...

Thanks, dontfaint!

Ed M said...
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Ed M said...

Very true that if you are Christ's, there's nothing you can do that will make Him love you more or love you less.

But there are many ways that I can show Him that I love Him more or less.

If I say I love Jesus I will keep His commandments.